Under The Western Freeway (20th Anniversary Edition)

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This vinyl-only reissue features a gatefold jacket with two pieces of beautiful colored (yellow & blue) vinyl: one featuring the original record, as it was intended, and the other an eight-song collection of demos from 1997, never before released. The demo LP includes sketches of songs that became fan favorites, like “Bjork ELO Xanadu and the Birth of Chartsengrafs” (which would make its debut on the band's groundbreaking follow-up, the Sophtware Slump) and the fan-favorite “For The Dishwasher.” The deluxe package is complete with a booklet of personal band photographs, flyers from the era, and liner notes by Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals.



The solar-powered space pop combo Grandaddy were formed in 1992 in Modesto, California, by singer/guitarist/keyboardist Jason Lytle, bassist Kevin Garcia, and drummer Aaron Burtch. Although a noisy, lo-fi approach characterized early recordings like 1994’s Complex Party Come Along Theories, the addition of guitarist Jim Fairchild and keyboardist Tim Dryden in 1995 expanded the band’s sound exponentially, fueling such subsequent efforts as the unreleased Don’t Sock the Tryer and the 1996 EP A Pretty Mess by This One Band. Originally issued on indie label Will Records, 1997’s acclaimed full-length Under the Western Freeway proved to be Grandaddy’s creative breakthrough, and the following year the album was reissued on major-label V2, with “Summer Here Kids” earning Single of the Week honors in the pages of the NME.


LP 1: Under the Western Freeway
Side A
01A Nonphenomenal Lineage
02A A.M. 180
03A Collective Dreamwish of Upperclass Elegance
04A Summer Here Kids
05A Laughing Stock
06A Under the Western Freeway
Side B
07B Everything Beautiful Is Far Away
08B Poisoned at Hartsy Thai Food
09B Go Progress Chrome
10B Why Took Your Advice
11B Lawn & So On
LP 2: Unreleased 1997 demos
Side A
01A Hawaiian Island Wranglers
02A For the Dishwasher (Slow Demo)
03A Dying Brains (Early Demo)
04A Summer Here Kids (Early Demo)
Side B
05B Le symphonique d’HeeHaw
06B Street Bunny (Fluffy Distortion Demo)
07B Bjork ELO Xanadu and The Birth of Chartsengrafs
08B Laughing Stock (Revelation Demo)

For Fans Of

Pavement, Built to Spill, Sparklehorse, Super Furry Animals, Mercury Rev

Home Market

Modesto, California - United States

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Under The Western Freeway (20th Anniversary Edition)

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3% (ends 10/26/2017)




Friendship Fever

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Vinyl Longplay 33 1/3

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